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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

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Display artist/maker:

Dame Laura Knight

Born: 1877, UK, England, Derbyshire, Long Eaton   Died: 1970, London

Painter. Wife of the artist Harold Knight (1874-1961). Studied at Nottingham School of Art, 1889-94. She lived in the artist colonies Newlyn, 1908-18, and Laren, Holland, before settling in London. In 1936 she became the first woman to be elected a full member of the Royal Academy since Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) and Mary Moser (1744-1819) in 1768. She worked as an Official War Artist during the Second World War, work which included studies made at the Nuremberg trials. She painted portraits and landscapes but is perhaps best known for her scenes of the ballet, circus and of gypsy life. Her first autobiography 'Oil Paint and Grease Paint' was published in 1936 followed later by 'The Magic of Line' in 1965. She was made a Dame in 1929

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